Disgraced congressman from New York City Anthony Weiner, 53, was teary eyed when he was sentenced last Monday to 21 months in prison as he pleaded guilty in sexting with a known 15-year old from North Carolina.
Aside from prison time which will start on November 6, he will also be listed as a registered sex offender for life.
He cried saying sorry and that he was “a very sick man for a very long time. The crime I committed was my rock bottom. I live a different and better life today.”
U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote said, “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”
Acting U.S Attorney Joon Kim said, “Anthony Weiner … asked a girl who he knew to be 15 years old to display her naked body and engage in sexually explicit behavior for him online. Today, Anthony Weiner received a just sentence that was appropriate for his crime.”
Defense attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said, “Judge Cote reasoned that because of Anthony’s notoriety, a sentence of imprisonment could discourage others from following in his footsteps. We certainly hope this public service message is received, but it has resulted in a punishment more severe than it had to be.”
As prosecutors sought to for Weiner to at least have 21 months in prison said, “He initially denied his conduct, he suffered personal and professional consequences, he publicly apologized and claimed reform. Yet he continued to engage in the very conduct he swore off, progressing … to that which is also destructive to a teenage girl.”